If you are attracted to exotic travel destinations, where you can enjoy serenity and peace, far away from noisy,
highly populated centres, then you will find the Maldives Islands an ideal travel destination for you. The
Islands of Maldives, set in Indian Ocean, have become one of the most exclusive exotic travel destinations
in the recent years.
Maldives islands holiday scene
Introduction To The Maldives
Heavenly turquoise blue waters, lush tropical islands and Robinson Crusoe type
isolation – these are just some of the images that come to mind when we think about travelling to the Maldives. The
beautiful scenery of The Maldives has been used as the backdrop of video games and other pirates game.
In this article you’ll discover a new world altogether – a beautiful world beyond
the imagination of most people. A world where you can be one of a small handful of people that have an island all
to themselves. This world is called The Maldives. And this article will tell you everything you need to know about
these tiny palm-fringed islands.
Location Of The Maldives
The Maldives are a group of tiny islands that are set in the Indian Ocean – the
closest countries to the Maldives are India and Sri Lanka. There are approximately 1200 separate islands in the
Maldives and only about one sixth of these are populated. The capital of the Maldives is Male – the most densely
inhabited island. But while Male, it seems, is simply bursting from the seams, there certainly are no space
problems on the other islands. Male holds about a third of the Maldivian population while the remaining are
scattered around various other islands of the Maldives.
This is an introductory 5-minute video to Maldives, by the Maldives Tourist
A Brief History Of The Maldives
While there are no certain facts it is estimated that the Maldives have been
populated as early as 1500 BC, most likely explorers from India and Sri Lanaka (Ceylon). During 1152 there was a conversion to islam
although there was a brief period from 1558 to 1573 when the Maldives was taken over and ruled by the Portugese.
The islands were also under the rule of the British in 1887. In 1965 the Maldives regained its independent
Flora and Fauna in the Maldives Islands
Contrary to the first impressions of many, the Maldives islands are not especially
hospitable to plants, mainly because the soil does not have the nutrients to support a large and varied diversity
of plant life. The main type of vegetation include coconut trees, vines, banyan trees as well as mangroves. Also
found are Breadfruit trees and Bamboos. Flowering plants include Bougainvillaea and Frangipani.
The Maldives islands have an incredible number of colourful, tropical fish and when
you visit you’re bound to see many of them. A few of these include Butterfly fish, Dolphins, Anglefish, Parrotfish
and Flutemouth. The colours and shapes of some of these fish are as varied and intriguing as their names would
suggest. Divers are sure to have an experience of a lifetime in the Maldives.
Thonis (wooden rafts) in
Maldives -photo by Muthu Krishnan
While there are a healthy variety of birds inhabiting the islands, there are fewer
varieties of land based animals. Common to the islands are flying foxes, geckos and garden lizards. There are also
a couple of species of snake (not dangerous).
Maldives are a haven for birdwatchers! There are over 100 species of birds – expect
to see crows, parakeets, and waterhens as well as koel birds. Also present are herons, seagulls and
The Maldives traveller type
The Maldives is a wonderful destination for a wide variety of travellers – from
those seeking complete bliss and Robinson Crusoe type peace and quiet (in an absolutely idyllic surrounding), to
beach lovers and diving enthusiasts to honeymooners and romantic couples looking for some enchanting memories in
one of the most beautiful places in the world. With a wide variety of resorts to choose from it’s important to
research the facilities in a wide range of resorts to make sure that you get whatever it is you’re looking for. For
example, some Maldives resorts may suit more active travellers while others would be more suited to those looking
for a quiet and peaceful stay.
The Maldives Exclusivity
In order to preserve Maldives exclusivity and limit building growth, the Maldives
islands authorities have laid down building guidelines to prevent uncontrolled growth. What makes Maldives
In 2006 five new 6-star hotels have opened in the Maldives.
Only the best hotels can get permit to build on Maldives islands.
The Maldives is one of the rare travel destinations where luxury is guaranteed
by the law.
Out of over 1,000 Maldives islands, only 200 of those islands are
How To Get To The Maldives
Almost all visitors get to the Maldives via plane – typically, they arrive in Male,
the capital from their port of departure and from there will be transferred to their resort. Transfers are usually
via seaplane or speedboat. Given the stunning scenery it’s always advisable to arrive by seaplane where possible –
the views of the islands from the air are nothing short of spectacular. When researching Maldives resorts and
prices it’s worth remembering that some packages will be quoted with transfers built into the price while others
will not. Please keep in mind that transfers can be quite pricey.
Some resorts are located quite close to the airport in Male – transfer times can be
under 20 minutes while other Maldives resorts further away may take an hour or even two to reach depending on the
type of transfer. Keep in mind that after travelling a long distance on a flight, the last thing that you’ll want
to do is spend a further couple of hours on a speedboat. Where possible, choose an early flight, to allow yourself
enough time for speedboat transfer.
If your transfer is not via seaplane it is possible to ride in a seaplane during
your stay – and get some stunning photos of the Maldives islands and atolls from high above.
Maldives - Before you travel to the Maldives there are things that you should know, just like
going to any other travel destination: do you need visa, do they accept credit cards, about drinking water,
Attractions - With almost 1,200 islands and atolls dotting the Maldives area, with white sand beaches and
turquoise blue waters, you'll find many outdoor attractions in this great tropical paradise. Diving and
snorkeling is metres away in just about any location, while boat rentals, yachts, kayaks and canoes will help
you explore the blue waters.
Hopping - Whether you enjoy a family getaway, a romantic vacation, or an adventure in
paradise, you will find island hopping in the Maldives an amazing way to spend your holiday in the Maldives
Resorts - The Maldives offer some of the most pristine
and beautiful places in the world. The Maldives government has taken steps to ensure that this natural beauty
remains unspoiled, while fostering tourism and travel. In accordance with this, the resorts in Maldives offer
splendid accommodation with unspoiled views.
Maldives Hotels -
As one of the top travel destinations in the world, Maldives islands have much to offer. Whether you taking a
romantic trip or bringing the whole family with you, hotels in Maldives will provide great accommodation for
you. Many of the hotels feature private bungalows, with a lot of extras that one would expect of
Maldives - The islands of Maldives have numerous hotels and resorts scattered across the
nearly twelve hundred islands. You will find tons of great places to stay on your Maldives adventure. Conrad
Maldives, Full Moon Beach, and Hulhule Island Hotel all offer luxury hotel accommodation.
Hotels in Maldives
2 - If you're looking for easy access to the airport, Huvafenfushi Hotel in North Male Atoll
is a 30-minute boat ride from the airport. For secluded location, choose Cocoa Island Hotel on the South Male
Atoll, while Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is overlooking the incredible azure waters lagoon. Coco Palm Dhuni
Kolhu resort on the Baa Atoll is one of the most secluded spots in the Maldives.
2 - At many of the hotels in Maldives guests can choose from a suite, a bungalow, or a water
bungalow. Personal preferences, as well as budgets, will determine where you want to stay. The Four Season
Hotels in Maldives offer their guests many exceptional services and a lot of water
Island Resorts - If
you're taking your family to the Maldives on a holiday vacation, there are number of Maldives resorts that
cater for the whole family. These island resorts offer activities and facilities exclusively for children and
families. We recommend several island resorts ideal for family holidays.
Activities - All Maldives resorts are little different from each other. But they all offer a
number of resort activities to keep you entertained during your stay. These include water based activities like
diving and snorkeling, but many resorts also have health and spa clubs, where you can enjoy pure relaxation and
a variety of special treatments.